Cheerwine Chocolate Cake

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Cheerwine Chocolate Cake


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 oil
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can Cheerwine, divided use
Frosting
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted, cooled slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray two 9-inch cake pans with cooking spray.

In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and sugar until well combined.  Gradually whisk in flour mixture, alternating with 3/4 cup Cheerwine.  Divide batter into cake pans.  Bake 12-14 minutes or until well risen, and a toothpick inserted into cake comes out with moist crumbs attached.  Cool 12 minutes before running a knife around outside pan edges and inverting cakes out onto wire racks to cool completely.

Boil the remaining Cheerwine in a small saucepan until reduced by half (should be a thicker syrup).  Brush cakes with syrup to make them nice and moist.  If you have any remaining syrup, you can add it to the frosting for extra flavor.

To make the frosting, whisk together sugar, flour and milk in a small saucepan.  Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens up.  Transfer mixture to a large mixing bowl and chill in the refrigerator until room temperature.  Add butter to bowl, and mix, using a mixer on medium speed, until well combined.  Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla until well combined and fluffy.  Frost cake.  Decorate with cherries, if desired.


24 comments:

  1. Cheerwine!? Never heard of it. The groceries in Canada are so different than in the US.

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  2. If you want more Cheerwine, let me know. I know people that can send it to you ;)

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  3. A very inventive cake Emily, one the makers of Cheerwine should use for advertising.

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  4. My husband loves Cheerwine. I'd rather just have that cake. It looks delicious Emily!

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  5. This looks delicious, never heard of this soda. My husband made that yellow cake with chocolate frosting that you had on your blog a few weeks back and it lasted 2 days in our house! I told him I wanted that cake for my bday and so him and my daughter made it for me. YUM! Love all your recipes!

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    1. Awww that is so awesome! Thank you for bringing a smile to my face, Carrie! I'm so happy you guys liked the cake!

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  6. So glad you came to visit. Isn't Wrightsville Beach wonderful! I searched your pics to see if I was there but I'm usually on the other side of the pier. Love you blog and recipes. Please visit again!

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    1. Caroline, it's beautiful! I went again the other day. This time we were even further down...by a seafood restaurant. The Oceanic?

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  7. This looks delicious! I haven't had Cheerwine in quite a while, but since I live in NC, it's available at every store. Might have to pick some up soon!

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    1. You need to take advantage of that, woman!

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  8. I'm lucky to share my hometown, Salisbury NC, with Cheerwine. My one major request for my wedding next month is Cheerwine in the glass bottles (the best way to experience it btw, real cane sugar)! There are many ways we use it around here from pound cakes, barbecue sauce, and Krispy Kreme even serves a Cheerwine doughnut at the Salisbury location. I bet some Cheerwine ice cream would go great with your cake!

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    1. Wow! I need to visit Salisbury! It sounds awesome! Mmm Cheerwine ice cream. Congratulations on gettting married! That's so exciting.

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  9. I'm going to south carolina in October and will definitely be trying some of this cheerwine business! I LOVE cherries. And cherry coke.

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  10. mmm, chocolate cherry is such a good combo! I've never heard of Cheerwine but I'd love to get my hands on some :)

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  11. cheerwine is SO hard to find, but i like it. great cake, emily!

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  12. The problem with my vacation is it comes in July so I spend August looking at everyone's August vacation photos and wishing my beach vacation weren't already over.

    I have heard of Cheerwine but never tried it before. I don't travel that far south very often. I like the name though! What would you compare it to? Cherry Coke? Dr. Pepper? Something else entirely? I think it was a cool idea to turn it into a cake. I'd be willing to sample.

    Sorry about the spill though. :-(

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    1. I would compare it to cherry coke! You need to visit the south next vaca!

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